AEO Celebrates Our Veterans: Todd, U.S. Marine Corps

At the very heart of AEO is our PEOPLE. Our associates are REAL. They’re authentic, resilient, and optimistic – each with their own story. In honor of Veterans Day, we’re proud to spotlight our associates who served in the armed forces. We’re thankful for their service! 

Meet Todd, U.S. Marine Corps!

Tell us about your role at AEO.

This past summer I celebrated my 15 year anniversary at AEO. I am currently the Retail Docks Supervisor in Ottawa on the evening shift.

What made you want to join the military?

I was looking for adventure, and I wanted to take advantage of the educational benefits that the military provided.

What’s your proudest moment serving in the military? 

I served four years of active duty in the Marine Corps. I was an armor crewman on an M60 Main Battle Tank and was voted 1987 Marine Corps Tanker of the Year by the USMC Tankers Association. I was also on two “Hot Shot” crews. The “Hot Shot” competition was a gunnery exercise where your tank crew competed against all of the other tank crews in the Battalion. I was a member of two different crews that won the competition twice! 

What does being a Veteran mean to you? 

I am proud that I served in the Marine Corps and that I served my country. Being a Marine was very rewarding and it was a very special time in my life. 

How do you get to use your military experience as an associate at AEO?

You had to work as a team to accomplish the “mission” in the Marine Corps. Whatever task you were assigned, you were expected to give it your best effort and see it to its successful completion. You can accomplish anything you set your mind to as long as you look out for each other and work as a team – it’s the same at AEO.